ANSTED, WV (WVNS) – An active United States Air Force member drowned on the Gauley River on October 3, 2022, according to the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.

The accident happened on the lower Gauley at a class four rapid called Stairsteps. The victim of the accident was a 46 year old man from Ohio.

The man was currently active with the United States Air Force when the accident happened during a commercial river trip.

Anstead Volunteer Fire Dept., National Park Service and Department of Natural Resources all responded to the accident.

No more details have been released at this time. At the request of the United States Air Force, his name is being withheld for the time being.

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